United Way of Davidson goal: $1.8 million

Thomasville's Kelly Craver leads campaign
Aug. 27, 2013 @ 05:07 PM

The Board of Directors of the United Way of Davidson County established the United goal at $1.8 million dollars for the upcoming campaign. Last year’s United Way campaign raised $1.72 million.

The campaign will run through mid-December. Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver will serve as the campaign chairman for the second year.

“It is an honor to once again be named campaign chairman,” Craver said. “ I cannot think of a better way for me help those in our community who truly need our help.” 

Funds from the United Way are allocated to human service agencies that have completed a rigorous application process and use United Way dollars to provide services to Davidson County citizens with special needs.

During August, the United Way works on its Pacesetter Campaign with 18 companies and all 29 United Way-funded agencies involved in their own campaigns to raise dollars. The Williams Car Show, sponsored by Williams Gas Pipeline, was the first major fundraiser of the year. 

The United Way also engages with the community during the Week of Caring which runs Sept. 3-6.  Volunteers, including teams from businesses, will collect food, do landscaping work for agencies, build handrails, paint offices, and other work projects that will keep agencies from having to spend money on making physical improvements.

Craver is prepared for the challenge. He has served as a member of the United Way of Davidson County Board of Directors for five years, and has volunteered in both the campaign and fund distribution processes for the United Way.

A native of Thomasville, Craver graduated from East Davidson High School and received a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Appalachian State University. He is also a graduate of the Municipal Administration School at the Institute of Government (2001), the Triad Leadership Network (2005) and is a certified water plant operator.

He served as assistant city manager from 2001 to 2006. Craver is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomasville Medical Center and enjoys writing, performing music and cycling. Kelly and his wife Gloria are the proud “parents” of five cats — Bravo, Cici, Gizmo, Panko, and Angel — and enjoy living on High Rock Lake.

Upcoming United Way events include the Kimberly Clark/ United Way Golf Tournament at the Lexington Golf Course on Sept. 6, the Annual Benefactor’s Reception to be held at the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce Building on Sept. 24 and the third annual Early Bird 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 28, sponsored by Davidson County government employees.

For more information about the United Way, call Donna Lane, campaign director, at 249-2532.